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The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

Friday, February 14, 2020

 

The New Orleans Pelicans have been playing impressive basketball lately, winning six of their last eight games.  With a win tonight, they will have captured their fourth straight win.  They will hope to do that as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss tonight.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 victory.  During that game, Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pelicans and the Thunder have played each other a grand total of 60 times in the past as the Thunder won 35 games while the Pelicans were limited to just 25 victories.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Hamidou Diallo (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 45.1 FG%, 17.2 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Brandon Ingram (ankle; 24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Kenrich Williams (back; 3.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.9 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 61.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, keeping the Pelicans at forty-seven percent shooting.  Danilo Gallinari chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed with 13 points while dishing out three assists.

Center Steven Adams scored seven points while knocking down a rare three-pointer.  He also had seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 2 blocks while Chris Paul had six points on forty-percent shooting.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he threw up 13 points.

As for the home team, Zion Williamson got hot for 15 points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Both Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball scored seven points each while Ball knocked down two three-pointers in the process.  Hart also had a three-pointer while Derrick Favors and Jrue Holiday earned four points each.  J.J. Redick played 13 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Oklahoma team that went into halftime with a 66-58 lead.

The Pelicans would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-57 run.  During that run, Williamson added 17 more points to his scoring total while grabbing three rebounds.  Holiday helped out with 10 points which included a three-pointer.  Redick played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up 17 points.

On the other end of the court, Gallinari scored 15 points while Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 12 points.  Schroder dropped nine points off the bench as the Thunder held on to take a 123-118 win.  Danilo Gallinari finished the game with 29 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Zion Williamson had 32 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Nikola Jokic (20.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 6.9 APG, 51.8 FG%, 32.9 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (38-17) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 14 when the Thunder fell to the Nuggets, 110-102.  Jokic finished that game with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and one steal while Dennis Schroder settled for 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Oregon to fight C.J. McCollum (21.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (25-31) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these ball clubs will face off this season.  February 11 was the last time they met as the Pelicans handed the Trail Blazers, 138-117.  During that game, Zion Williamson scored 31 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and committed one steal while McCollum had 20 points, one rebound, and 3 assists.

The Spurs’ losing streak comes to an end as they beat the Thunder, 114-106

The Spurs’ losing streak comes to an end as they beat the Thunder, 114-106

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

The San Antonio Spurs’ eight-game road trip has not been going as planned.  They have yet to win a game and are in danger of being handed their sixth straight loss.  The Texas team would hope to avoid that as they play the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 112-111 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, hoping to avoid a second consecutive loss.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 2 when the Thunder handed the Spurs a 109-103 loss.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and two blocks while DeMar DeRozan had 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Spurs and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 206 times in the past as the Spurs won 114 games while the Thunder were kept to just 92 victories.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Keldon Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 55.2 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-DeMar DeRozan (back; 23.0 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5.2 APG, 53.4 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
-DeMarre Carroll (2.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 31.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Thunder shot thirty-five percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge chalked up ten points but only connect on three of his eleven shots attempted.  He did have eight rebounds and two assists while Dejounte Murray had nine points, which included one three-pointer.

Former Denver Nuggets’ power forward Trey Lyles contributed with six points while recording five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 3 blocks.  Bryn Forbes had a three-pointer while Lonnie Walker was kept to just two points.  Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped six points.

On the other end of the court, Chris Paul got hot for 15 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers.  He also had two rebounds, six assists, one steal, and a block while both Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams scored six points each.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander helped out with a three-pointer and a free-throw while grabbing two rebounds.  Dennis Schroder played 17 minutes off the bench but only had four points while the Spurs went into halftime with a 49-41 advantage.

The Spurs would close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Thunder to fifty-five percent.  Murray added 16 points to his scoring total while Aldridge helped out with 15 points.  Patty Mills and Derrick White combined for 21 points off the bench.

As for the home team, Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 29 points while Gallinari had nine points.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points but it was the Spurs who came away with a 114-106 win.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 25 points, a season-high-tying 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Chris Paul had a season-high 31 points, along with 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.3 APG, 45.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (35-18) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these two teams will meet up this season.  January 29 was the last time they fought each other as the Jazz fell to the Spurs, 127-120.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Donovan Mitchell settled for 31 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will go to Louisiana to see Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 win.  Danilo Gallinari finished that game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Thunder escape the Magic with the 120-114 victory

The Thunder escape the Magic with the 120-114 victory

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking for their third straight victory tonight after defeating the Houston Rockets on Monday, 112-107.  They will hope to do so as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.  As for the Magic, they will try to grab a second consecutive win.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will face off this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 5 when the Magic fell to the Thunder, 102-94.  During that game, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while Aaron Gordon had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Orlando Magic have seen each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Thunder won 38 games while the Magic grabbed 23 games.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-D.J. Augustin (knee; 10.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.7 APG, 39.3 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee; 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.5 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Vic Law (G-League)
-Melvin Frazier (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 35.3 FG%, 57.1 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Steven Adams (ankle; 11.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.6 APG, 60.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Terrance Ferguson (personal; 5.1 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.8 FG%, 32.0 3P%)
-Abdel Nader (ankle; 6.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 47.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 34.7 FG%, 14.7 3P%)
-Justin Patton (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot sixty-three percent from the field, limiting the home team to just thirty-nine percent.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had five rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block while Nerlens Noel helped out with 10 points.

Both Danilo and Gallinari and Chris Paul chalked up six points each.  Gallinari earned three of his from beyond the arc as he grabbed four rebounds, dished out one assist, and committed one steal while Paul recorded one rebound, five assists, and one steal.  Dennis Schroder played 16 minutes off the bench as he dropped 11 points.

On the other end of the floor, Nikola Vucevic chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.  Wes Iwundu, Evan Fournier, and Markelle Fultz all had five points while Aaron Gordon earned four points.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Thunder who went into halftime with a 60-51 advantage.

The Magic will look to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 63-60 run, both teams shooting fifty-seven percent from the field each.  During that run, Vucevic added 10 more points to his scoring total while Gordon also scored 10 points.  Fournier, Fultz, and Iwundu combined for 14 points while Ross dropped 19 off the bench.

As for the Oklahoma team, Chris Paul scored 13 points but shot only thirty-eight percent.  Schroder chalked up 20 points off the bench as the Thunder held on to defeat the Magic, 120-114.  Dennis Schroder finished that game with a season-high-tying 31 points, along with 3 rebounds, and a season-high-tying 9 assists.  Terrence Ross settled for a season-high-tying 26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will host Kemba Walker (22.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 39.0 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (28-14) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Trae Young (29.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 8.6 APG, 44.7 FG%, 37.3 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-34) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they see each other during this season.

The Wizards would escape with a 97-85 victory over the Thunder

The Wizards would escape with a 97-85 victory over the Thunder

Still without one of their star players, John Wall, the Washington Wizards’ chances of making the playoffs are slim to none.  Last year, they finished the season 32-50, placing them 11th in the Eastern Conference.  The Wizards are currently trying to recover from a 108-100 loss they took in the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, their first game of the season.  Going up against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they will hope to grab a win tonight.

The Thunder, on the other hand, have a new point guard in Chris Paul after receiving him from the Houston Rockets in a trade involving Russell Westbrook.  The Oklahoma ball club lost their first game of the season to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, 100-95.  Both teams will try to grab their first victory tonight.

HISTORY:

The Washington Wizards and the Oklahoma City Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 147 times.  Out of those times, the Wizards defeated the Thunder 67 times while the Thunder pulled out 80 victories.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

-Troy Brown (calf)
-Ian Mahinmi (Achilles)
-Jordan McRae (finger; 11.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-C.J. Miles (foot)
-Isaiah Thomas (thumb)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Justin Robinson (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Justin Patton (coach’s decision)
-Luguentz Dort (G-League)
-Devon Hall (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be somewhat competitive in the first half as the Washington Wizards shot forty-four percent from the field while the Oklahoma City Thunder shot forty-two percent.  Former Los Angeles Lakers’ center Thomas Bryant scored 14 points on sixty percent shooting, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Rui Hachimura helped out with 10 points while grabbing two rebounds and giving out one assist.

Two-time All-Star Bradley Beal was kept to just six points while Ish Smith had two points.  Isaac Bonga was held to two points, as well, but had two rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Davis Bertans played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points.

As for the home team, both Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 13 points each.  They both had a three-pointer each while Steven Adams recorded five points and nine rebounds.  Chris Paul was held to just two points but gave out three assists.  Dennis Schroder played 13 minutes off of the bench as he had seven points while the D.C. ball club went into halftime with a 52-46 advantage.

Both teams continued to battle it out in the second half as the Wizards shot thirty-five percent from the field while the Oklahoma team shot thirty-seven percent.  Beal added to his scoring total by dropping 11 more points, planting 3 three-pointers in the process.  Hachimura contributed with nine points Bertans gave eight points off of the bench.  As for the Thunder, Gilgeous-Alexander put up 15 more points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards walked away with a 97-85 victory.

Thomas Bryant finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, a career-high-tying 2 steals, and a career-high-tying 3 blocks.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander earned a career-high 28 points, along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards travel to Texas to take on LaMarcus Aldridge (22.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (1-0) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Stephen Curry (23.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (0-1) Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

The Grizzlies avoid a third straight loss, defeating the Thunder, 115-103

The Grizzlies avoid a third straight loss, defeating the Thunder, 115-103

The Oklahoma City Thunder are hoping to grab their second straight victory as they look to stay alive in the playoff hunt.  They will hope to do that as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum.  The Grizzlies, however, will not be making the playoffs this time around.  This will mark the third straight year that the Memphis team will miss the postseason.  If the Thunder are able to clinch a playoff spot, it will mark their ninth time in ten years that they do so.

The Thunder and the Grizzlies have played each other a grand total of 107 times in the past as the Thunder defeated them 71 times while the Memphis Grizzlies were held to just 36 wins.  This game tonight will mark the third and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on March 3 when the Thunder escaped with a 99-95 victory.  Russell Westbrook finished that contest with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and one block while Avery Bradley had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Hamidou Diallo (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 45.5 FG%, 16.7 3P%, 61.0 FT%)
-Raymond Felton (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 40.5 FG%, 26.7 3P%, 92.3 FT%)
-Patrick Patterson (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 37.6 FG%, 33.8 3P%, 63.3 FT%)
-Jawun Evans (G-League; 0.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 23.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Donte Grantham (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Kyle Anderson (shoulder; 8.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 54.3 FG%, 26.5 3P%, 57.8 FT%)
-Avery Bradley (knee/wrist; 9.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 40.8 FG%, 35.1 3P%, 86.0 FT%)
-Dillon Brooks (toe; 7.5 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.2 FG%, 37.5 3P%, 73.3 FT%)
-Jaren Jackson (quad; 13.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.6 FG%, 35.9 3P%, 76.6 FT%)
-C.J. Miles (foot; 6.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 36.0 FG%, 33.0 3P%, 82.8 FT%)
-Joakim Noah (knee; 7.1 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 51.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 71.6 FT%)
-Mike Conley (thigh; 20.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.6 FG%, 36.6 3P%, 84.8 FT%)
-Yuta Watanabe (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 33.3 FG%, 20.0 3P%, 70.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held close as the Oklahoma City Thunder completed thirty-four percent of their shots while the Memphis Grizzlies shot thirty-six percent from the field.  Paul George ended up scoring 14 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had five rebounds and one assist while Terrance Ferguson helped out with seven points in the 16 minutes that he played.  The Oklahoma-native had a three-pointer late in the second period as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

The 2016-2017 MVP Russell Westbrook was limited to just four points but he did manage to knock down a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also had two rebounds and four assists while Steven Adams had two points, five rebounds, and two steals.  Dennis Schroder played fifteen minutes off the bench as he had ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

On the other end of the court, Bruno Caboclo chalked up eleven points while completing all four of this shots attempted.  He also had 3 three-pointers while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself nine points and eight rebounds.  Former Toronto Raptors’ point guard Delon Wright had nine points, as well, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  Chandler Parsons played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points while the home team went into halftime with a 54 to 48 lead.

The Memphis ball club would close it out in the second half as they went on a 61 to 55 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Tyler Dorsey scored 14 points while drilling two three-pointers.  He also manages to record five rebounds and one assist while Justin Holiday helped out with thirteen points.  Ivan Rabb played nine minutes off the bench but was kept to just a field goal and a free-throw.

As for the visiting team, George continued to put on a scoring display as he added 16 more points to his scoring total while knocking down three shots from behind the arc.  Westbrook helped out with twelve points but it wouldn’t matter much as the Memphis Grizzlies handed the Oklahoma City Thunder a 103-115 loss.  Bruno Caboclo finished the game with a career-high 24 points, along with a career-high-tying 11 rebounds, two assists, a career-high-tying one steal, and one block.  Paul George ended up with 30 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Bojan Bogdanovic (17.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.9 APG, 49.8 FG%, 42.3 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (45-29) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that they will play each other this season.  March 14 was the last time they saw each other as the Pacers pulled away with a 108 to 106 victory.  Domantas Sabonis finished that game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block while Paul George had 36 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

The Memphis Grizzlies will host Stephen Curry (27.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 43.0 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (50-23) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they met up was on December 17 when the Grizzlies fell to the Warriors, 93-110.  During that game, Kevin Durant scored 23 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and blocked 2 shots while Omri Casspi settled for 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

The Chicago Bulls push through the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-112

The Chicago Bulls push through the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-112

The Chicago Bulls are currently trying to avoid an 8th straight loss as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the United Center.  The last time the Bulls suffered an 8-game losing streak was last year when they lost a total of 10 straight.  They are tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the worst record in the East at 5-20 and at risk of missing the playoff for a second straight time.

As for the Thunder, they are coming fresh off a 114-112 win against the Brooklyn Nets, all thanks to Paul George, who nailed a clutch 3-pointer to secure the win.  They are looking for their 5th straight victory.  The Thunder and the Bulls have played each other a grand total of 151 times in the past as the Thunder won 74 games while the Chicago team pulled out 77 wins.  This will mark the first of two matchups between these ball clubs this season.  The Thunder swept the Chicago Bulls last season in their season series, 2-0.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Raymond Felton (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 35.2 FG%, 17.9 3P%, 88.9 FT%)
-Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (2.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Tyler Davis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

Chicago Bulls:

-Kris Dunn (knee; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Bobby Portis (knee; 10.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.5 FG%, 27.3 3P%, 55.6 FT%)
-Denzel Valentine (ankle)
-Antonio Blakeney (coach’s decision; 9.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.0 FG%, 44.8 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
-Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 56.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Tyler Ulis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Rawle Alkins (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have control in the first half as they completed 57 percent of the shots they put up, limiting the Oklahoma City Thunder to 46 percent shooting.  The 2018-2018 All-Rookie selection Lauri Markkanen scored 16 points while knocking down four 3-pointers.  He also had 3 rebounds while Zach LaVine contributed with 13 points, 3 defensive rebounds, and 6 assists.  He was able to drill a trey midway through the first session while Ryan Arcidiacono had a 3-pointer in the first period.  He finished the game with just those three points.  Robin Lopez played the most minutes off the bench as he chipped in with 10 points.

On the other end of the court, Steven Adams put up 17 of Oklahoma City’s 62 points while pulling down 5 rebounds but had three turnovers.  Paul George scored 16 points which included a 3-pointer before the first quarter expired.  He shot 63 percent from the field in the first half but struggled overall as he only made 6 of his 16 shots attempted in the game, ending with 38 percent shooting from the field, lowest of all five Thunder starters.

Russell Westbrook recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals while Terrance Ferguson was held scoreless in the 14 minutes that he played, attempting only two shots.  Former Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder played the most minutes of all the reserves in the first half as he gave eleven points but it was the home team who went in the break with a 70 to 62 advantage.

The Thunder would not give up, though, as they came out of the locker room to spark a 50-44 run, including a big 29-17 run in the third period.  During that time, Westbrook added 15 more points to his scoring total while knocking down two 3-pointers.  He also collected 7 more rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals but had 7 turnovers.  George would start to see his shooting decline as he only scored three points, earning them from beyond the arc just one minute into the third.

MARKKANEN SAVES THE DAY:

With 34 seconds left in the game and the score being 109-108 in the Bulls’ favor, Dennis Schroder would complete a driving layup to give the Thunder a one-point lead.  That would force the Chicago team to call a timeout.  Out of the timeout, Justin Holiday would drill a huge three-pointer off of a Lauri Markkanen assist, giving the Bulls a 112-110 lead.  Four seconds out of a Thunder timeout, Russell Westbrook would drive the ball in the paint for a layup, tying the game up at 112 apiece.  But Markkanen respond as he made a driving layup with only four seconds left in the game to allow the home team to regain the lead.  Paul George would attempt a three-pointer after a Thunder timeout but would fail to convert as the Bulls hold off the Thunder, 114-112, bringing an end to their seven-game losing streak.

Zach LaVine finished the game with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals but had a career-tying nine turnovers.  Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, dished off 13 assists, and committed a season-tying 4 steals.  Those stats would complete his triple-double (109th of his career; 5th of the season) but had a season-high 10 turnovers.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Donovan Mitchell (20.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 42.7 FG%, 29.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (13-13) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The Thunder would win the regular-season series against the Jazz, 3-1, before losing to them in the first round of the playoffs, 2-4.

The Chicago Bulls will host Kyrie Irving (22.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.4 APG, 48.5 FG% 39.2 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (14-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second time that these two teams will see each other this season as one more game lies ahead of them.  The first time they met up each other was on November 14 when the Celtics handed the Bulls a 111-82 blowout loss.  During that game, Jaylen Brown scored eighteen points, grabbed six rebounds, gave out three assists, and committed one steal while Shaquille Harrison had sixteen points, six rebounds, one assist, and four steals.

The Utah Jazz survive Game 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-102

The Utah Jazz survive Game 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-102

Tonight will mark the third game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 15 when the Thunder handed the Jazz a 116-108 loss.  During that game, Paul George scored thirty-six points, grabbed seven rebounds and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell had twenty-seven points, ten rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.  The Jazz would respond in Game 2 as they sneak off with a 102 to 95 victory.  Mitchell finished with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal while Russell Westbrook settled for nineteen points, nine rebounds, thirteen assists and four steals.  Each team would look to take a 2-1 lead as they fight each other in Utah.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 68.4 FG%)
Kyle Singler (1.9 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game will be competitive at the beginning as both teams shot fifty-three percent in the first half.  Ricky Rubio got hot for nineteen points which included a three-pointer near the end of the second quarter.  He also had seven rebounds, six assists and one steal while Joe Ingles helped out with eight points.  Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell both had seven points each while Rudy Gobert earned six points and six rebounds.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ player Jae Crowder played thirteen minutes off of the bench but was only kept to four points.

On the other end of the court, Russell Westbrook scored ten points while recording four defensive rebounds, six assists and one steal.  Both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony had nine points each which also included one three-pointer each.  Anthony had two defensive rebounds to add while Steven Adams contributed with six points.  Patrick Patterson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had six points while the Utah Jazz went into halftime with a 58 to 53 advantage.

The Jazz would close things out in the second half with a 57 to 49 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  Mitchell would drop fifteen points which included three three-pointers.  He also had six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block while Ingles continued to help out with thirteen points.  Ingles also had three three-pointers while Gobert scored twelve points.  Crowder played the most minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the Oklahoma team, Paul George saw to it that he got fourteen points which held two three-pointers.  Anthony would score only five points that contained a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Jerami Grant also had five points off of the bench along with two defensive rebounds.  Westbrook was kept to just a three-pointer and a free-throw but did manage to get ahold of seven rebounds while dishing out three assists.  Raymond Felton played sixteen minutes off of the bench as he earned eight points but it was the Utah Jazz who defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 115-102 score, making the series 2-1.  Ricky Rubio finished the game with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds, ten assists, two steals and one block while Paul George had twenty-three points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Phoenix Suns get destroyed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-87

The Phoenix Suns get destroyed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-87

The Phoenix Suns cannot wait for this season to end as they are sitting at the fourteenth spot in the Western Conference with a 19-47 record.  They are also on a current three-game losing streak, hoping to break it as they visit Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Thunder, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a third straight loss as they are coming fresh off of a 122-112 defeat to the Houston Rockets.

The Suns and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 259 times in the past as the Suns won 140 games while the Thunder ended up with just 119 victories.  The last time they played each other was on March 2 as the Suns fell to the Thunder, 124 to 116.  During that game, Russell Westbrook scored 43 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, dished off 8 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while Devin Booker finished with 39 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (knee)
Alan Williams (knee)
Tyler Ulis (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 37.6 FG%, 25.7 3P%)
Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 37.3 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
T.J. Warren (back, 19.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 21.6 3P%)
Danuel House (G-League; 4.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 37.3 FG%, 25.8 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Kyle Singler (1.9 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (3.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 45.5 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder would have control at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-six percent from the field while their defense kept the Phoenix Suns to twenty-eight percent.  Seven-time All-Star Russell Westbrook scored 14 points while pulling down five defensive rebounds and dishing off six assists.  Carmelo Anthony helped out with 3 three-pointers while recording four defensive rebounds and one steal.  Both Paul George and Steven Adams had 8 points each while Corey Brewer earned six points, three defensive rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Former Houston Rockets’ forward Patrick Patterson played 8 minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.

On the other end of the floor, Devin Booker lit the floor up with 15 points while drilling two three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Josh Jackson contributed with six points on only thirteen percent shooting.  Jackson added two rebounds, two assists, and one steal to that while Elfrid Payton had four points, three rebounds, and three assists.  Troy Daniels played the most minutes off of the Phoenix bench but was kept to just a three-pointer near the end of the first quarter as the Thunder went into halftime with a 49-38 lead.

The Thunder would close things out in the second half as they went on a 66 to 49 run, completing fifty-nine percent of their shots.  Westbrook continued to add to his scoring total as he chalked up 13 more points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while George also had 13 points.  He would earn nine of those points from beyond the arc while Brewer had 11 points.  Carmelo Anthony only scored two points in the 8 minutes that he played while Adams had 8 points.

Devin Booker continued to help the Suns out as he put up 15 more points.  He was able to connect for two three-pointers in the third period but it wasn’t enough as the Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Phoenix Suns a huge 115-87 blowout loss.  Russell Westbrook finished the game with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists while Devin Booker would settle for 30 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will travel to North Carolina to clash with Kemba Walker (23.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.7 APG, 43 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Suns and the Hornets have met up a total of 55 times as the Suns won 34 games while the Hornets were limited to just 21 victories.  February 4 was the last time they saw each other as the Hornets slipped away with a 115-110 win.  Nicolas Batum finished that game with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Josh Jackson earned 23 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host LaMarcus Aldridge (22.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50 FG%) and the San Antonio Spurs (37-27) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  They have saw each other a grand total of 199 times in the past as the Thunder won 89 games while the Texas team went on to pull out 110 victories.  The last time they battled each other was on December 3 when the Thunder handed the Spurs a 90-87 loss.  During that game, Russell Westbrook scored 22 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, gave out 10 assists, and came up with one steal while Dejounte Murray had 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

The Oklahoma City Thunder breeze past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91

The Oklahoma City Thunder breeze past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors are not really what you would call “rival” teams but they do have some hard feelings towards each other.  What really ignited those feelings is when superstar Kevin Durant decided to ditch Russell Westbrook and the Thunder only to join the Warriors just one month after losing to them in the Western Conference Finals.  These two teams have met up a total of 260 times with the Thunder winning 143 games and the Warriors winning 117 of them.  Tonight’s game in Oklahoma would mark the first matchup of the season.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Jordan Bell (3.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 70.4 FG%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Damian Jones (G-League)
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Kyle Singler (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder opened things up well as they shot fifty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the defending champions to forty-two percent.  The Thunder’s Big Three all scored double digits in the first half as Russell Westbrook went off for 20 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He was able to knock down a three-pointer late in the second period as grabbing seven rebounds and dishing off six assists.  Former Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony had 16 points which included two three-pointers.  Paul George recorded 14 points in the midst of grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Steven Adams had eight rebounds in the half to put with his eight points.  Jerami Grant played eight minutes off of the bench but only had two points.

As for the Warriors, Kevin Durant scored 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter against his former team.  He also collected four defensive rebounds but had two turnovers.  Stephen Curry ended up with thirteen points while earning three rebounds and four assists.  Klay Thompson had one three-pointer in the opening quarter while Draymond Green gave out four assists.  Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Thunder went into halftime with a huge 65 to 48 advantage.

Curry dropped 11 points in the second half which would include one three-pointer late in the third period.  Former Cavaliers’ forward Omri Casspi had nine points to put with his one offensive rebound and four defensive ones.  Durant scored seven points on forty percent shooting while Green had two points and three defensive rebounds.  Nick Young played the most minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.

The Thunder finished things off in the last half as Westbrook posted up 14 points on thirty-nine percent shooting from the field.  He also had three rebounds, three assists, and four steals while George collected two three-pointers to put with his seven rebounds.  Anthony shot only thirty-three percent from the field as he settled for six points and four defensive rebounds.  Josh Huestis played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a free-throw as the Thunder easily hand the Warriors a 108 to 91 loss.  Russell Westbrook finished with a season-high 34 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals.  Stephen Curry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will host Lauri Markkanen (15.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.6 APG) and the Chicago Bulls (3-12) for the first time this season on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 159 times with the Bulls winning 87 games and the Warriors winning 72 of them.  The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Tobias Harris (18.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.8 APG) and the Detroit Pistons (11-6) for the first time this season on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pistons and the Thunder have met up a total of 136 times in the past as the Pistons won 66 games while the Thunder ended up winning 70 of the games.

The Thunder pull away from the Clippers with a 120 to 111 victory

The Thunder pull away from the Clippers with a 120 to 111 victory

Things have not gone as planned for the Big Three in Oklahoma City as the Thunder are sitting with a 4-7 record to start the season.  With Kevin Durant gone, Russell Westbrook was more than happy when Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joined him during the offseason but things could be better…obviously.  They are currently looking to snap a four-game losing streak as they host the 5-5 Los Angeles Clippers, who are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss.  After a meeting held by the Thunder behind closed doors, they looked to turn things around before getting deep into the season.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 12.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.5 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
Brice Johnson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 71.4 FG%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 5.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Jamil Wilson (G-League)
Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.0 APG, 40.5 FG%, 39.6 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.3 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
Terrance Ferguson (coach’s decision; 0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.5 FG, 0.0 3P%)
Kyle Singler (coach’s decision)
Steven Adams (calf; 12.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 65.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League)
P.J. Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

Paul George lit the floor up with a season-high 42 points while collecting nine rebounds and dishing off seven assists.  He knocked down four three-pointers in the process while Russell Westbrook had 22 points to put along with his three rebounds and eight assists.  Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points which included a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Jerami Grant played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points while Andre Roberson had a season-high 11 rebounds.

Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored a season-high 35 points for the visiting team which would include a season-high six three-pointers.  Both Blake Griffin and the coach’s son, Austin Rivers, would score 17 points each as Griffin collected six defensive rebounds.  Former Miami Heat player Willie Reed came off of the bench to chalk up a season-high 15 points but it was the home team who pulled away with a 120-111 win.

So…what’s next?

The Clippers will head to Louisiana today to take on DeMarcus Cousins (28.2 PPG) and the New Orleans Pelicans (6-6).  These two teams have met a total of 50 times with the Clippers winning 24 of the games and the Pelicans winning 26 of them.  The Thunder will host Harrison Barnes (18.4 PPG) and the Dallas Mavericks (2-10) on Sunday.  These two teams met up a total of 173 times with the Thunder/Supersonics winning 93 of the matchups while the Mavericks won 80 of them.